Radar Sensing Technology: Enabling Better Healthcare

When you hear the term ‘Radar Sensing Technology’ you may be forgiven in thinking that this may be about defence or security applications but did you know that this type of technology is now playing an important part in the world of Healthcare.

Radar Technology is being used in key areas such as real-time falls detection and the monitoring of vital signs such as heart rate and respiration whilst negating the need for a wearable device. Couple this with the fact that a recent study has shown that radar sensing technology was more accurate than wearable and it becomes very clear how this groundbreaking technology has the potential of improving the way medicine is delivered to patients daily.

So why are people looking for an alternative to a wearable device?
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Wearables can cause discomfort and restrict mobility in the case of certain people when worn for a prolonged period. Infants and people with skin diseases and Parkinson’s are also discouraged from the use of such sensors. Unlike wearables, radar sensors don’t need to be worn or carried around.

These sophisticated little sensors can now be used to detect the slightest heartbeat, even inside a person’s body! The microwaves being emitted by these devices bounce off objects and then return to their source in an echo-like fashion.

These sensors can monitor larger movements like gait and mobility as well as detect falls in real-time.

Imagine the potential this type of technology can have in applications like:

Post-operative care – You can have the same level of medical attention as you would in a hospital setting at home with radar sensors. They monitor movement and behaviour to make sure there are no sudden changes that may indicate an urgent need for care, like falls or decreases in blood pressure.

Radar sensors make this possible. Radar sensor systems passively detect your movements 24 hours per day and send alerts if any change happens so they can get immediate help from carers when necessary. For example, patients who haven’t returned to their beds or who aren’t in the room when they are supposed to be there.

And unlike ambient video sensors that are used to monitor people in their homes and record their daily activities, radar sensors are non-intrusive. They don’t record images of people or the environment they are in, which addresses patient privacy and security issues; an increasing concern in today’s connected society.

Care for the elderly – An increase in life expectancy is causing population aging to accelerate. By 2050, 1 in 6 people will be over the age of 65 and elderly people may outnumber those aged 10–24 years.

In many countries, this surge in the aging population will stretch the limits of the existing healthcare infrastructure. With this in mind, the emphasis should be on helping our elders live comfortably in their own homes or surroundings they’re familiar with and have assistance available to them when needed.

Moreover, as a person gets older and frailer, the chances of falling increase, which can lead to bone fractures and intracranial bleeding. Hence, it is of critical importance to have a falls detection system in place that can detect the fall immediately and alert the care team at the nearest hospital and/or the caregiver of the patient. eazense Powered by SOFIHUB fulfils all of these requirements and more.

It is a passive real-time fall detection system for the elderly and uses unique radar sensing technology backed by AI. It provides continuous, non-invasive monitoring that makes efficient use of care resources.

Here’s what this groundbreaking radar sensor can do:

  • Constantly track body position
  • Provide live fall (including low impact falls) and detect the presence of multiple occupants in a room without the need for a wearable.
  • Monitor the presence of a person in a room or bed. Detect, record, and log activity in a room, from live falls detection to irregular movement.
  • Notify caregivers and central care teams via the SOFIHUB Cloud Portal, if certain levels of activity are outside of normal routines, which allows them to respond immediately.

Benefits of the eazense:radar sensing technology

For residents in care or at home, eazense offers security without compromising their independence. For caregivers, it saves time and reduces cost with fewer unnecessary visits, due to the remote visibility it provides. eazense Powered by SOFIHUB is unique and revolutionary and goes a long way towards providing better healthcare for elders. Visit www.sofihub.com to find out how we can ensure the safety and protection of your loved ones.